The county borough of Newport in Wales covers an area of 217 square kilometers and has a population of around 39,000 inhabitants. The region is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, including the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the Vale of Usk, famous for its salmon fishing. There is an abundance of castles, as well as to one of Britain’s most important historical houses, Tredegar House. Set in magnificent parklands, the earliest part of the building dates back to the beginning of the 1500's, and visitors can find out what life was like during these times by exploring the impressive state rooms and the servants’ quarters. Caerleon meanwhile, was one of the most important military sites in Britain during the times of the Roman Empire, housing both soldiers and horsemen and with an amphitheater, baths, shops and temples. Today, the town is an attractive historic town which has a selection of pubs and restaurants.
You can see the Newport Wetlands Reserve, which has not only attracted a wealth of wetland birds, but is also an excellent place to see butterflies, dragonflies, orchids and otters. Check the Fourteen Locks Canal Visitor Center, located alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Here, you can experience a ‘virtual’ journey along the canal, learning how the canal lock works and even working one for yourself.
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